Portland Business Law Blog

Land use issues can derail a commercial project

Like other cities across Oregon, the City of Portland has laws and regulations that govern how property owners are allowed to use their property. In theory, these laws help promote a clean, safe and efficient city.

However, if there is a drawback, it is that these land use and zoning laws can stymie a business project even before it gets off the ground. After all, owners of commercial real estate in the area must follow these laws. If they try instead to skirt around them, it is possible that they will face significant fines and other penalties, including court injunctions that will effectively shut down their businesses.

What is a breach of fiduciary duty?

Businesses in Portland, Oregon, depend heavily on trust. At least to some extent, organizations have to trust each other when entering agreements, as no one would enter a contract if they thought the other party had no chance of following it. Likewise, businesses have to trust their employees to do their jobs.

There are some relationships in the world of business, however, where trust is so important that the law offers special protection to those in the relationship, perhaps because they are counting on being able to trust the other person. The law calls these fiduciary relationships.

For Portland businesses, a lost case is not a lost cause

Business owners and individuals in the Portland area and throughout the rest of Oregon rely on their lawyers to protect their rights and interests. Sometimes, this means the lawyer will represent the business owner in a dispute or important negotiation. These matters are often critical to the life of a business and, in some cases, can be the difference between success and growth and economic hardship or even failure.

While not even the best lawyers can guarantee that things will always go as hoped for, sometimes, it will become quite apparent that the lawyer who represented the business was just not up to the task. There are, after all, a lot of details skilled legal professionals must manage in a dispute. Missing these details can tank an otherwise good case.

Are franchise contracts negotiable?

Franchise agreements, by their very nature, are meant to be standard. These “adhesion contracts” are built so they can be used by one franchisor in business with many franchisees.

The franchisor has an incentive to keep the brand and product as uniform as possible, and that incentive goes all the way to the initial contract. Contract variations work against uniformity.

Important traits to consider in a commercial lease

When you start a business, one of the most important aspects is choosing where to place it.

The right location not only places your company near customers but allows it to grow and evolve as necessary. What some Portland companies don't consider is that the terms of a lease are just as important as the rental location.

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